Precise, tissue sparing, surgical method used to remove certain types of Skin Cancer. Requires the Dermatologist to function as both an Oncologic Surgeon and Dermatopathologist. Provides for very high cure rates while preserving non-cancerous skin. Indicated for cancers located on the face, hand, foot and genitalia where preservation of tissue is critically important. Performed for recurrent skin cancers, those with poorly defined borders, cancer greater than two centimeters, aggressive sub-types of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Cancer and for patients with certain medical histories.
Curettage is a procedure in which a cancerous lesion is removed by scraping the skin with a sharp instrument. Electrodessication is another name for cauterization. The wound is coated with a chemical called aluminum chloride and then lightly burned with the electrocautery.